Andy Peake got “hooked” on playing drums at the age of 13 and immediately became a performer, playing drum solos in his high school assemblies. He was quickly snatched up by college student bands in the small town of Maryville, MO where he attended high school and entered Northwest Missouri State University on a music scholarship. Years of playing in local and touring bands eventually led him to Nashville where he was called to join the band for pop/country artist Nicolette Larsen of “It’s Gonna Take a Lot of Love” fame. After getting acclimated to the Nashville music scene, he soon lent his talents as a drummer to Tanya Tucker, Don Williams, Delbert McClinton, Lee Roy Parnell, Kathy Mattea, and many other major label artists. He has toured the entire US and British Isles and has performed on the Conan O’Brien Show and at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. He has appeared locally on many stages including the Nashville Schermerhorn Symphony Auditorium and the Ryman Auditorium where he has twice been a member of the critically acclaimed stage production of the “Always Patsy Cline” band and acting troupe. He also has performed as a member of the Nashville Chamber Orchestra backing up artists including Amy Grant.
Andy now performs as a regular member of the “Nashtones” band and works as a producer/engineer at his own “Biglittle Recording” studio where he has produced numerous band and songwriter CDs and Demos. A more complete resume of Andy’s accomplishments can be found at http://home.earthlink.net/~peakester including links to CDs he has recorded.
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Jaijai, what a wonderful mission you've undertaken to create such a place for artistic minds to meet and share their hearts. A place to renew faded determinations, and revive lessened momentums. A place to display our wares and reconfirm to one another that we actually are on the right track.
I commend you, Jaijai, for caring so much that you created this castle of the heart for all of us. I want to share my praise for all of the new friends as well as old friends that I've met and will meet here in our castle. Here we can garnish the where-with-all, the strength, the conviction, and the selflessness through our symbiosis, to share our gift to the world with an unbiased agenda.
My mentor, Daisaku Ikeda says of art: "A beautiful flower delights and refreshes the hearts of all people equally, no matter what soil it grows in. That is the power of beauty. The same is true of great art. It is this spirit that the German poet Heinrich Heine sang of when he wrote that once the peapod bursts open, the sugar peas inside are for everyone to enjoy."
Mr. Smith’s biggest hit, “Walk Don’t Run,” became famous in covers by other bands, notably the Ventures. Mr. Smith, the writer of “Walk, Don’t Run,” gave up his career in 1958 to care for his daughter.